Melinoe : Goddess of Ghosts and Nightmares
Name meaning: Dark Minded
Goddess of Ghosts
Parents: Zeus and Persephone
Mentioned in Orphic Hymns (Greek Hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.)
“I call, Melinoe, saffron veiled, terrene, who from Phersephone dread venerable queen, mit with Zeus Kronion, arose, near where Kokytos’ mournful river flows…”
Emblems and articles: Nothing specific but skulls, bones, snakes, ravens and ghosts are associated with her in depictions
Sacred Animals: Howling dogs
Siblings: Makaria, Zagreus
Melinoe is a Greek goddess of the Underworld who presides over offerings to the ghosts of the dead. She’s described as a two-sided being with black limbs on one side and white on the other to represent both her heavenly and chthonic origins. Melinoe walks the earth at night, followed by ghosts of the dead, frightening humans with nightmares and terrors while they sleep.
Your creepy bit of history – Legend has it, that when you here dogs howling and barking at seemingly nothing at night, it is because of Melinoe.
His role in the Tides of Atlantis world:
Melinoe first appears to Cindy in Moontide when a water veil is opened to the Underworld by some spelled seashells.
Scene from Moontide where the goddess is mentioned:
“The shell must have been enchanted. It opened a water veil, a gateway into another realm.”
“Who… what was that thing that grabbed me, it looked just like Kay at first, but then it wasn’t.”
All things considered, he thought she was taking this rather well. Her need for answers proved that she had strength, despite how terrifying this all must be for her.
“That wasn’t your friend, cara,” Ronan explained. “She may have been here at some point, but I’m sorry to say that she’s probably long gone by now.”
Cindy started to shake her head at his words, but he went on.
“What you saw was part desire and part underworld evil. You want to find your friend. The creature pulled that desire from you to create half of her likeness while the other half was pure demon. As I said, it was a trick. The one you met in the water veil is called Melinoe, a demoness who lures the hopeful into the underworld, then sends a malevolent spirit in their place.”
Panacea: The Goddess of Healing
Name meaning: cure all or panacea
Roman name: Panacea
Parents: Asklepios and Epione
Panacea, the minor Greek goddess of healing, was worshipped as the goddess who cured illness and injury. She attended her father, Asklepios (Aesculapius), the god of medicine, in healing sick and injured patients and is known for her use of medicines, salves, potions, elixirs and mystical cures.
Mentioned in: The Hippicratic Oath by Hippocrates (Greek physician 5 B.C. to 4 B.C.), The Comedy of Aristophanes “Plutus”
**Your creepy bit of history: Panacea’s father, Aesculapius, is often depicted among serpents, more notably, holding a staff with a serpent wrapping itself around it. This is most likely due to the tale of the medicine god and the serpents in the house of Glaucus where a serpent brought him an herb to heal the dying man.
Also: In ancient times, the knowledge of medicine was thought of as a sacred secret. Priests (practitioners) of these sacred secrets were made to take an oath in regards to these medical secrets. It is said to have survived to this day in the form of the Hippocratic Oath
Sources: (For more info on the Greek goddess of healing, try some of my favorite sites) theoi.com, godchecker.com, greekmythology.com / Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biology and Mythology
Role in the Tides of Atlantis world:
Panacea is one of the minor Olympian goddesses found in the Tides of Atlantis books and is seen as a wary ally of the sea god, Poseidon, in the fight against the insurrection of demons from the Underworld. She is first introduced in the book Moontide, Tides of Atlantis book 1 and is aided by her loyal companion, the sea demon Krav, who works as a sort of double agent for both the goddess and Poseidon.
Panacea makes her home in the hidden Aster realm in the Tides world where she tries to maintain a secret existence due to the fact that she is hunted by many in the spirit world for her healing abilities.
Words from the goddess, Panacea (quote):
“Don’t scoff at the power of true love,” Panacea admonished, “we need more of these unions in the universe and the gods are all too immune to making any on their own. The humans may be our only hope to fight the darkness that threatens all. What with the majority of the higher gods in self-induced comas or just not giving a damn, we need all the help we can get. The sea god’s realm is our last real stronghold and Poseidon knows it.” ~Panacea, Moontide